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KadAfrica envisions a world where out-of-school girls are economic drivers of their communities. We use passion fruit farming as a vehicle for girls to build their own support systems to become independent and empowered decision makers.

 
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THE PROBLEM

Uganda has the youngest population in the world, and 90% of its population is rural. With endemic unemployment, family resources are stretched thin and girls aren’t given the same opportunities as boys. Boys inherit land, their schooling is prioritized over their sisters, their ability to earn income isn’t questioned, they are allowed to have a public voice.

In the Rwenzori Region where KadAfrica is based, less than 50% of girls complete primary school and less than 1% finish secondary school; once a girl leaves school her world shrinks, leaving her less equipped to network and seek out resources. Coupled with prevalent teenage pregnancy and HIV/AIDS, there is a significant vulnerable population of young women whose capacity to earn income is constrained and instead engage in risky behaviors like sex-work or early marriage. Exacerbating this, 93% of Ugandan women lack access to land under title. Because Uganda is an agriculture-led economy, land is critical to the economic lives of ~80% of the population. This creates an environment where the easiest way for women to acquire agricultural land is to marry for it; and often doing so still leads to a power disparity where women are the primary agriculture breadwinners but do not retain discretionary spending power over their own income.

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WHY UGANDA?

In rural Uganda, economic dependence is one of the primary injustices facing out of school girls.

·      Dropping out of school has serious implications for girls' social and physical well being, making this group particularly vulnerable.

·      Early marriage and pregnancy tend to follow school drop-outs, which greatly affects their ability to improve their financial situation.

·Farming is not generally seen as a business, but rather a chore delegated to women and girls. They are expected to become the main breadwinner rather than furthering their education.

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WHY PASSION FRUIT?

Passion fruit vines grow above ground on poles, which leaves land open for ground dwelling crops so farmers can feed their families while generating income through a surplus of passion fruit.

·      Between 1990 and 2000 passion fruit was cultivated on a commercial scale as part of an export initiative of the Ugandan government.

·      By 2005 only 7 metric tons of fresh fruit were exported from Uganda. This reduction in productivity and quality has been attributed to biotic and management related factors.

·Currently, 70% of fresh fruit is imported from neighboring countries, and processors rely on pulp sourced from Asia because of inconsistent supply. The Ugandan market is ripe with opportunity!

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WHY GIRLS?

Girls in the Rwenzori region of Western Uganda, are among the most marginalized in the country. Girls’ safety is further compromised by the fact that Kabarole District, where KadAfrica is based, has the highest HIV/AIDS rate nationwide.

  • When a girl drops out of school, her world shrinks—leaving her less able to network and seek resources. 

  • Early marriage and pregnancy tend to follow school drop-outs, which greatly affects their ability to improve their financial situation.

  • 10% of girls are married off before the age of 15 and 40% of girls are married off before their 18th birthday; in the Rwenzori region this rate of marriage before the age of 15 jumps to 15%. 

  • Agriculture is often viewed as a chore, rather than a business, and is thus delegated to women and girls rather than furthering their education.

 

OUR SOLUTION:

KadAfrica is a commercial passion fruit farm and socially-driven agribusiness that uses passion fruit farming to empower out of school girls in Western Uganda through a proprietary training program called the KadAfrica Experience. By equipping girls with the land, knowledge, skills and assets to begin their own sustainable passion fruit farms, they become financially literate, entrepreneurial leaders generating income through agribusiness.

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RECRUIT

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TRAIN

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SUPPORT

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SELL

Girls progress through a fun, integrated curriculum alongside their peers and families, becoming well-equipped to both make and afford responsible decisions for themselves and their children—breaking the poverty cycle and building more prosperous, and equal communities.

 
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ORGANISE GIRL CO-OPS

Cooperatives are provided the support of a trained facilitator who serves as both a mentor and trainer, as well as the service of a devoted agriculture extension worker.

By participating in the “KadAfrica Experience” program, girls receive:

·      Curriculum based and hands on training

·      Access to land, quality seedling, agro inputs, and technical support

·      Bulked transport and a ready market

·Cooperative support and saving schemes

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TRAIN GIRLS & OVERSEE FARMS

KadAfrica targets girls from the ages of 14–20 who have dropped out of school.

· The average level of school completed is S4

· More than 60% of girls have at least one child

· The average income prior to joining was $3

·7% had previous agriculture training

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BUY FROM GIRLS

Utilizing a Hub-Spoke collection model, KadAfrica buys 100% of quality fruit at the local market price.

·      Girls’ production is brought to a centralized location, sorted, graded and packed, and shipped to Kampala for urban market wholesale.

·Because girls have a ready market they are able to focus on quality production and personal development.

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VALUE ADDITION THROUGH PROCESSING FRUIT:

KadAfrica has recently opened a state of the art processing facility where all the fruit grown by the beneficiaries is processed into passion fruit Pulp that we then sell on to various clients both local and international

 

OUR VISION

KadAfrica envisions a world where out-of-school girls are economic drivers of their communities. We use passion fruit farming as a vehicle for girls to build their own support systems to become independent and empowered decision makers.

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IMPACT IN NUMBERS

2,322

NUMBER OF OUT OF SCHOOL GIRLS RECRUITED

 

50%

INCREASE IN ACCESS TO FINANCE THROUGH SAVINGS AND LOANS

11,610

PROGRAM BENEFICIARIES THROUGH COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND TRAINING

 

100%

OF THE GIRLS HAVE ACCESS TO MENSTRUAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS

255,420

NUMBER OF QUALITY SEEDLING DISTRIBUTED:

 

33%

INCREASE IN the NUMBER OF MEALS TAKEN PER DAY

5x

INCREASE IN YEARLY INCOME:

 

15%

INCREASE IN FAMILY PLANNING METHODS AMONG KADAFRICA BENEFICIARIES

 
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CONTACT US

We'd really love to hear from you so why not drop us an email and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

 

PARTNERS

KadAfrica is poised for considerable growth in the near future, and considers strong relationships with valued partners key to our success.

 
 

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

 
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WHO IS KAD AFRICA